Suncoast Defensive Driving School is dedicated to providing the very best quality In-Car Instruction throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. We specialize in defensive driving techniques. In simple terms, defensive driving means identifying potential hazards before they become immediate hazards.
Teen Defensive Driving
The Team Concept encompasses private defensive driver instruction coupled with frequent practice at home. Our certified instructors will meet with parents during the driving course for progress reports and suggestions.
Senior Driving Program
Suncoast Defensive Driving School offers the most comprehensive Senior Driving Program in this area, designed to refresh skills or identify and assess potential impairments in older drivers. Our program will help the driver, family members, friends and doctors who have concerns about driver fitness or safety. If necessary, we will then provide guidance as to whether driving should be continued unrestricted, with some limitations or discontinued completely.
Suncoast Defensive Driving School has met and surpassed all requirements of the AAA Approved Driving School program. This insures all students will receive the very best in driver training, curriculum, vehicles, customer service and community reputation.
As the area’s exclusive AAA Approved School, we are pleased to offer a 30 hour home correspondence driver education program utilizing the AAA How To Drive manual. Together with our in-car training, this program provides equivalent classroom time to public school programs, with the convenience of home based study and the advantage of private in-car instruction. For homeschooling families, this course exceeds the standards from the Florida Department of Education for Driver Education and qualifies for a .5 school credit.
“I had to take an ‘extended’ driving test because of an accident, my age (80) and medical issues…. I took two lessons with Robert where we went onto the actual course where the test is given and we went through the entire test, step by step. Robert assured me that this will be the exact test that I will be taking. He gave me some great tips that increased by confidence significantly….When I took the test, I was amazed that every single thing that Robert told me would be on the test was exactly the way he said. After the first test was completed, the examiner, Duane. said ‘You did very well. You’ve taken instruction haven’t you?’ After I got a perfect score on the second go round, Duane said, ‘I’ll bet you took instruction from Suncoast. He said my driving mannerisms reflected the technique taught by Suncoast. Passing the test was a necessity for me. If you fail an extended test in Sarasota, you have to wait at least six weeks to take a re-test. Being without a car would be a considerable hardship…. However, it worked out beautifully and I have Robert to thank for his wisdom and confidence building.” [10/2/2017]
“We cannot say enough about our experience with Suncoast Defensive Driving School. My daughter had Mary for her instructor and she is everything you would want for your teen driver! She was incredibly kind, professional, patient, knowledgeable and above all an amazing instructor. She helped my daughter to feel so confident in her driving skills. Cannot say enough about what a positive experience we had with Mary! Thank you Mary!!” [7/26/2017]
“I just got my driver’s license today! Yeaaah! I have been trained by Bill and Arlene. They are both amazing instructors! They teached me how to behave safely on the road and they gave me very useful advices in order to pass successfully my driving test. Thank you Suncoast Defensive Driving School! Doubtless, the best driving school in Sarasota-Manatee County.” [5/12/2016]
“As a senior driver I was becoming phobic about certain strange conditions (left curves and road surfaces). This phobia was growing worse and was certain to limit my ability to drive and to be independent. It was my good fortune to have picked up the phone to call Suncoast Defensive Driving School and its owner, Bill Rowell. I had determined that it was a mental rather than a physical condition. Bill queried me appropriately and then set up some tests and lessons. His calm and assured manner combined with his supportive assistance as well as his obvious expertise helped me get back on the road with confidence.” [5/10/2016]
“I am in my forties and I had a fear of driving when I began my lessons. Arlene however helped me overcome my fear. She showed great patience and understanding. Arlene’s positive reinforcement and encouragement helped me build my skills and confidence as a driver. In the end, I was able to pass my practical test with a perfect score. I am forever thankful to Arlene and highly recommend her as an instructor. I also very much enjoyed our conversations.” [11/15/2015]